State officials’ pay commission meets to consider salaries

03/12/2014 9:36 PM

03/13/2014 9:58 AM

Already the highest-paid state lawmakers in the nation, California legislators are up for another possible salary bump.

The California Citizens Compensation Commission meets at Sacramento City Hall at 10 a.m. today to review the data and debate whether legislators’ pay is commensurate to their work. The commission last year voted to give elected officials a 5 percent raise, reversing recession-driven pay cuts.

There’s no indication the commission will make any changes this year. Thomas Dalzell, chair of the commission, said he would like to defer any commitment until a follow-up meeting in May or June.

“That’s my preference,” Dalzell said.

Data before the commission shows that rank-and-file members of the California Legislature receive an annual salary, $95,291, that easily exceeds the paychecks of their lawmaking full-time and part-time counterparts in other states.

Within California, lawmakers make less than a select group of high-earning municipal officials. County executive officers, city attorneys, city managers and auditor/controllers all make six figures in California’s largest counties and cities.

For lawmakers to be eligible for a raise, California must have a surplus. That looks to be the case this year, although the state won’t certify its coffers until May.

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